French Manicure

I find most people love the french manicure look but aren’t sure how to do it properly. It takes 3 easy steps to get that clean fresh look on your nails.

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I personally like to make my life easier by using Sally Hansen’s French Manicure set. It comes with SH’s base/top coat, Ballet Bare (3227) nail polish, and the SH French Manicure ‘white tip pen’.

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Firstly, you’ll want to put 1-2 coats of the Ballet Bare color. This is to make your nails look more lively and it is traditionally how french manicures are done. I find most people skip this step and go straight to the white tips. Without the Ballet Bare I find the look is very lackluster.

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Second step is to use the white tip pen and draw on the white tips. It’s easier with the pen, but if you do not have it it can easily be done with the brush. TIP: Rotate your finger and not the pen/brush. The third and final step is to put on the top coat to make it shiny! ヽ(´ー`)ノ

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Something you can do to enhance your french manicure is to add these cute little bows. You can find them on eBay.com under nail bows.

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There are two ways to attach these bows. I’ve mentioned them in my last tutorial about Fimo Flowers use either eyelash glue or place it on top of your wet top coat. 🙂

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With the bows it will look something like this. Good luck and have fun with your own french manicure nails!

(The tutorial photos were done on my boyfriend’s hand.)

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Fimo Flowers Nails

In this tutorial I’ll show you how I make this nail design using fimo flowers. You can buy these on eBay or even at your local Sally’s Beauty Supply store.

You’ll need:

  • Black or white nail polish for the branches.
  • Any color of nail polish for the base coat. In this case I went for a deep sea blue.
  • Fimo Flower Sticks or Pre-cut fimo flowers
  • Top coat
  • Base coat
  • Thin brush
  • (Optional) Exacto knife
  • (Optional) Eyelash glue
  • (Optional) Tweezers

Remember to always start off with a base coat to protect your nails before painting them. Afterwards apply 1-2 coats of your base color nail polish on all fingers.

If you did not buy the pre-cut fimo flowers, take your exacto knife and carefully slice off thin pieces of the flowers.

Take your thin brush and dip it into your black/white nail polish and draw random strokes. It doesn’t have to be perfect because branches are very random.

After cutting the fimo sticks into the desired amount of pieces there are 1 of 2 ways to stick them on to your nails.

Method #1: Using eye lash glue, dab a little bit onto each flower and then place it into the desired position on your nail using tweezers. Again, it does not have to be perfect nor in a specific spot.

Method #2: While putting on your top coat, before it dries lay the fimo flower pieces into the polish and let it dry.

Complete everything with a nice shiny top coat.

And you’re done! ヾ(*´∇`)ノ